The weekend has some genuine cracking entertainment lined up and no matter where you end up you should find a great game to watch. Even this early in the season we are watching the fortunes of one or two managers who may be struggling to retain fans, the confidence of their chairman and their jobs! Just who could those be…
Match of the Day
Hamilton Academical v Livingston
My match of the day sees Hamilton trying to get back to winning way as they lost their unbeaten tag last weekend. Alex Neil has made a great start to the season and like two other new managers in the division has shown he can cut it. John McGlynn has been a real tonic for the Lions and demonstrates that not only new guys have what it takes. Livingston have, after all, never been shy of trying something new whilst McGlynn has shown that new and shiny is not always good and golden. I reckon this could simply go either way but ought to be a cracker!
Dumbarton v Raith Rovers sees the battle of the Murrays as Ian takes on Grant. The home side have very up and down form at the moment and cannot seem to string two similar league results together in a row. It is therefore worrying that hey won last weekend! Ian Murray has shown that last season was no fluke and the football Dumbarton play is very pleasing on the eye. Grant Murray has surprised me as I expected Raith to struggle this year but they sit pretty in 2nd. For me though I think the Sons might just shade the game today. Falkirk v Queen of the South has another rookie manager in Grant Holt showing that he has the mettle to make it at this level. They need more points on the board though and their late winner last weekend, whilst great, needs to happen much sooner! Jim McIntyre had a hard act to follow and with his two predecessors only lasting a year it would be understandable if he was nervous! Today I can see that nervousness increasing!
In Cowdenbeath v Dundee we have a genuine contest between two managers whose jobs have been questioned from the beginning of the season. Colin Cameron has a side that is coming out of a 5-1 mauling last weekend from Livingston whilst John Brown got a morale boosting victory. There has been speculation as to Brown’s future as they have not torn up the division as they were – unreasonably – expected to do. Today Dundee are looking for their first away win whilst Cameron’s Blue Brazil need a tonic; honours even for me. Finally Greenock Morton v Alloa Athletic has Allan Moore back in the dugout after a bitter-sweet week that saw him knock Celtic out the cup then lose his brother. Moore’s side are better than being bottom of the table though Moore is struggling with his personnel. His position is under some serious scrutiny but his progress with Morton was steady until he suffered the lack of resources now at his disposal, but his inventiveness has been tremendous. Paul Hartley is still at Alloa Athletic. His position is very secure but why he has not ended up in the Premiership yet is a mystery. His side’s defeat last weekend of the league leaders shows that the side he has assembled is not only here for the division but serious about staying. I do think though, Moore’s Morton should shade this.